im·​pru·​dence | \ (ˌ)im-ˈprü-dᵊn(t)s How to pronounce imprudence (audio) \

Definition of imprudence

1 : the quality or state of being imprudent
2 : an imprudent act

Examples of imprudence in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While unconventional, DeChambeau’s approach is not borne of carelessness or imprudence. Bill Pennington, New York Times, 18 Sep. 2020 A decade ago, Citigroup was in no position to warn about imprudence. Erik Schatzker,, 29 May 2020 Claims of juror imprudence and calls for a mistrial have swirled during and after Stone's trial. Spencer Neale, Washington Examiner, 25 Feb. 2020 Johnson’s imprudence has too often been explained or excused as a kind of perpetual boyishness. Amy Davidson Sorkin, The New Yorker, 8 July 2019 But citing the imprudence of maintaining two public golf courses, the park board notified the city last summer of its intent to discontinue golf at the country club. Karen Berkowitz,, 9 May 2018 In addition to showing the imprudence of overinterpreting brief visual evidence, the last few weeks have demonstrated that, while Kelly is frequently at odds with Trump’s stylistic approach, the men are largely simpatico on substance. David A. Graham, The Atlantic, 31 Oct. 2017 The imprudence of a Sanders run has nothing to do with his status as an independent. Sarah Jones, New Republic, 19 June 2017 A Davao City court official, who had not been informed of Mr. Meiring’s death, said there was still an outstanding warrant for his arrest on charges of illegal possession of explosives and reckless imprudence resulting in damage to property. Richard C. Paddock, New York Times, 13 May 2016 See More

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First Known Use of imprudence

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Imprudence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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